9 Best Vegetarian-Friendly Places To Eat In Panama City - Updated 2021

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Central America is well known for its cuisine, the seafood, the steak, the rum - but what about vegetarians? Where do they come into the mix, especially within a city which is so diverse as Panama City? Luckily for you we have researched the very best vegetarian friendly joints in town, ensuring that you always have a good meal.

1. Loving Hut, Panama City

This 100% Vegan Restaurant is part of the fast growing chain, purely vegan, including mains, coffee, non-alcoholic drinks and vegan desserts. Loving Hut serves Panamanian food, Asian Cuisine and fast food - including burgers; is there anything better than a vegan burger? I think not. Best of all, it is super cheap and healthy, you’ll be dancing out of the doors.

Loving Hut

Address: Calle Manuel Espinosa Batista Edificio Cali (at Planta Baja Al lado de los estacionamientos de la Unive), Panama City, Panama

Website: Loving Hut

2. Atmana Juiceria

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed.

This plant based health restaurant focuses on juices, buddha bowls and even gluten free cuisine. All based within a yoga studio so you can get every inch of your health fix without even leaving the premises - the rainbow foods and laid back atmosphere of Atmana Juiceria will keep you coming back for more, especially when the Panamanian days get too hot to handle.

Atmana Juiceria

Address: Cl 79 Este, Coco del Mar, San Francisco, Panama City, Panama

Website: Atamana Juiceria in Spanish

3. Me Gusta Comida Vegetaiana

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

This vegetarian eatery is infamous within Panama City, not only for the most amazing Chinese food within a cafeteria style dining room, but because it’s so cheap. The prices, however, don’t reflect the quality, there’s absolutely everything that you could want on the menu - noodles, tofu, vegetable dishes - hamburgers, hotdogs and pizzas; for those seeking food from home - all vegetarian, of course.

Me Gusta Comida Vegetaiana, Panama City

Address: Calle Ricardo Arias, El Cangrejo (at the corner of Calle 50 & 53 E), Panama City, Panama

Website: Me Gusta Comida Vegatariana

4. Hip Cusine

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

Hip Cuisine’s motto is “Eat to Live” and whilst I don’t technically agree with this, since I’m more an “eat to live” kind of person, one cannot turn their head away from the healthy, happy philosophy of Hip Cuisine.

While Hip Cuisine is not technically vegetarian they do cater for everyone, from gluten free meat eaters to the most hardy of vegetarians. I’d suggest to go for the vegan ceviche, delicious vegetables marinated in the traditional citrus juice - followed then by stuffed plantains with vegetables. Hip Cuisine is the epitome of healthy eating, showcasing that healthy and vegetarian doesn’t need to be boring.

Hip Cuisine

Address: Centro Gastronómico by Balboa Boutiques, Av Balboa, Panama

Website: Hip Cuisine

5. Avatar Indian Cuisine

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Avatar Indian Cuisine isn’t a fully vegetarian restaurant; what it does however is serve delicious vegetarian food and all in a stunning central location with great interior design - the name Avatar links back to the film with the blue mood lighting. The menu contains enough vegetarian options to keep the hungriest herbivore happy, from samosas to thick, fragrant curries, so much so that even the most hardiest of meat eaters will be reaching over the table to see what you’ve got on your plate.

Avatar Indian Cuisine

Address: Vía Argentina, Panamá, Panama

Website: Avatar Indian Cuisine

6. El Jardin Vegetariana

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This large cafeteria style dining room is every vegetarian’s dream serving everything from Panamanian cuisine to Asian vegan food - this includes soy meats plantains, vegetable dishes, soups, sushi, juices and salads, all for a couple of dollars. If you’re looking to save a few dollars after having too many beers the night before then El Jardin Vegetariana is the place that will save you.

“It’s a buffet-type restaurant, they change it every day. Went there twice, perfect, had a full plate (pizza slice, veggies like broccoli, potato salad, tofu burger thing, noodles/pasta, glass of juice) and paid 4.20 USD!!!” - Stanislav, Happy Cow

El Jardin Vegetariana

Address: Calle 49B Oeste (next to Veneto Casino), Panama City, Panama

Website: El Jardin Vegetariana

7. Puro Love

This upscale vegetarian restaurant serves purely vegetarian fare; everything from vegan ceviche, curry, pasta and healthy buddha bowls - as well as the delicious savory dishes Puro Love serves fully vegan desserts that do not scrimp on flavor, even though they don’t contain sugar.

Puro Love’s philosophy is to live in a world that’s “full of love and zero fears” making this establishment a fully compassionate visit, what more could you want from grabbing a meal? Good food, a healthy body and a healthy conscious. Full marks all round!

Puro Love

Address: Avenida 5 Sur, Barrio San Francisco, Panama City, Panama

Website: Puro Love

8. Gelato & Co

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Gelato & Co. Panamá on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

If you’re wondering why is there a gelato shop on a list of the most amazing vegetarian restaurants in Panama City then you haven’t yet visited Gelato & Co. This gelato shop is an institution within Panama City, serving a wide variety of dairy and dairy free desserts to the whole city. The flavors include everything from Dulce De Leche, made with cream to a wide variety of zesty fruity sorbets. This is the most perfect way for you to chill out whilst exploring this gorgeous city.

Gelato & Co

Address: Calle 55 Este, Panamá, Panama

Website: Gelato & Co

9. Dodó Bon Pan Cafe

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This is a primarily carnivorous restaurant that serves vegetarian options; but don’t let that fool you, this eatery caters for every dietary requirement from vegan to gluten free. The food here is absolutely delicious; the burgers are top class and served with a side of salad which is bound to knock your socks off with flavor. People come for the food, but stay for the cosy atmosphere and excellent service - this is one to visit for sure.

Dodo Bon Pan Cafe

Address: Plaza de Francia, Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama

Website: Dodo Bon Pan Cafe

Dig in!

Source: Photo by user US Embassy Panama used under CC BY-ND 2.0

We hope that you enjoy some of this amazing food as much as we did, Panama City is the perfect place for vegetarians - with so much to offer. If you find a place that we need to go try out then please just let us know!

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